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Oct 18

Join us for a public lecture about piracy and terrorism at sea with guest speakers Judge (Ambassador) Helmut Türk, Vice President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Hamburg, Germany and Jay Bahadur, from the University of Toronto, author of "The Pirates of Puntland: An Inside Look at the World’s Last Buccaneers."

About the Speakers:
Jay Bahadur is Toronto-based freelance journalist, currently working on a book, "The Pirates of Puntland", in partnership with local Somali news agency Garowe Online. Since 2008 Jay has been conducting research throughout Puntland - a city at the heart of the pirates' tribal homeland. He has interviewed the journalist son of the Puntland's President as well as maritime insurers and lawyers in London, former hostages in Romania, and jailed pirates in Kenya.

Jay has published articles in the London Times, The New York Times,The Financial Times, and The Globe and Mail, worked as a freelance correspondent for CBS News, advised the US State Department, and has appeared on the BBC's Today Programme, Outlook, and Newshour, as well as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's program Out of Africa. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 2007, earning an Honors B.A. in Political Science, Economics, and History.

Ambassador Helmut Tuerk is Vice-President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and a former Austrian diplomat. He has extensive experience in maritime law and has written dozens of pieces on piracy and terrorism at sea. Some of his most recent publications include, “Combating Terrorism at Sea – the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation", "The Resurgence of Piracy: A Phenomenon of Modern Times", and "The Waning Freedom of the Seas".

Ambassador Tuerk received his Dr. jur. from the University of Vienna (in 1963. He also attended the College of Europe, Bruges from 1963 tp 1964. His term as Vice-President of the ITLS expires in 2011.

A Note Regarding Parking:
Please note that due to the construction at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, parking in CIGI's lot is limited. There is free parking across Caroline St. in the Uptown Waterloo lots. Thank you for your patience as we continue to grow.